Miami Dolphins (0-5) at Cleveland Browns (2-3)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
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SERIES: 15th meeting. Dolphins lead 9-5 in this series but haven't won in Cleveland since 1993. In the last meeting, the Browns shut out the Dolphins 22-0 on Nov. 20, 2005 to fall to 3-7 behind former Browns back Reuben Droughns' 166 yards. The Dolphins then reeled off six straight wins to finish 9-7 under first-year head coach Nick Saban.
PREDICTION: Browns 24-19
KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Cleo Lemon gets his second career start for the Dolphins, but Miami hopes to limit his exposure by leaning on Brown. The Browns are allowing 4.9 yards per carry, and the more success Brown has, the less pressure is put on a suspect offensive line. However, Lemon does need to get WR Chris Chambers back involved (four catches for 40 yards in his past two games). ... If Browns QB Derek Anderson makes smart decisions, there is plenty of room to work against the Dolphins' weak secondary. And the Browns' offense could be on Anderson's arm if RB Jamal Lewis is out or slowed by a sprained foot. If Lewis can't play, untested Jason Wright would get the start and the Dolphins, who allowed just 2.6 yards per carry with MLB Zach Thomas back in the lineup last Sunday.
KEY INJURIES: Dolphins: QB Trent Green (concussion) is out indefinitely; SS Donovin Darius (calf) will start after missing a game; OLB Channing Crowder (ankle sprain) said he is questionable; DTs Vonnie Holliday (ankle) and Rod Wright (ankle) are uncertain. Browns: Lewis (foot sprain) hopes to play; WR Joe Jurevicius (knee) is limited and his status is uncertain.
FAST FACTS: The Dolphins are trying to avoid their second 0-6 start in franchise history. ... The Browns enter their bye week following the game. ... Browns WR Braylon Edwards has three 100-yard receiving games this season.
--DE Jason Taylor practiced on a limited basis with a bruised thigh and sore neck, but odds are that he will make his team-record 120th straight start Sunday.
--C Samson Satele returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his neck in the third quarter of last week's loss to Houston, and seems likely to play Sunday.
--QB Trent Green is out indefinitely with a Grade 3 concussion and will be replaced by Cleo Lemon, who is making his second career start against the Browns.
--WR Derek Hagan (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis. Rookie WR Ted Ginn Jr. will probably be the No. 3 receiver again this week.
--LB Channing Crowder, who sat out Sunday's game against the Texans with a sprained left ankle, practiced without limitations Thursday.
--DT Rod Wright, who started in place of Vonnie Holliday (right ankle) last week, returned to practice Thursday.
--RB Jamal Lewis missed his second day of practice with a foot injury Thursday, but the Browns remain hopeful he will play against the Dolphins.
--RG Seth McKinney, a former Dolphin, has been able to help his new teammates with details about Jason Taylor and the rest of the Dolphins.
--TE Darnell Dinkins is still wearing a cast on his right hand. He is unlikely to play except on special teams.
--Now that P Scott Player has been released, P Dave Zastudil is K Phil Dawson's holder again. Zastudil was his holder last year and in the second game this season.
--WR Joe Jurevicius will try to play with a right knee injury. Second-year player Travis Wilson would be on the active list for the first time this season if Jurevicius cannot play.
INSIDE THE CAMPS:
In his heyday with the Steelers, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter backed up his trash-talking and guarantees.
Not this year or since joining the Miami Dolphins in the offseason for a $32 million deal, including $20 million large up front.
Porter, 30, boldly guaranteed a victory over the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately for the still winless Dolphins, neither his guarantee nor his signing bonus came with a money-back guarantee.
This week he's going after his favorite target, Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, who since missing most of his first two seasons with injuries, has blossomed into the premier player the Browns envisioned when they drafted him out of the University of Miami with the sixth overall pick in 2004.
"It really hasn't been a war. It's been one-sided. I've never lost to him," Porter said. "You've got to win some to make it a war. If you get whipped four times in a row it's not a war."
Granted, Porter was 6-0 with Pittsburgh against Cleveland since Winslow arrived, but Winslow played in only the two defeats last season because of his injury-prone beginning.
Last season, Winslow had 89 catches for 875 yards and three touchdowns, including eight catches for 55 yards against Pittsburgh. This season, he already has 24 catches for 416 yards with two touchdowns.
"He's a receiver really. He's not a tight end. He's not going to block nobody," Porter said with disdain.
"If you ask me who is going to win the Joey Porter-Kellen Winslow battle, it's me hands down because he's not going to stop me from doing anything I want to do."
In the past, Porter called Winslow a derogatory name for a homosexual and was fined $10,000 by the NFL. He has called him soft for what he perceived as taking a cheap shot at then-Steelers teammate James Farrior.
Winslow took the high road Wednesday and basically said that Porter needs, "a hug," and should worry more about his 0-5 team than challenging an opponent.
When told of Winslow's comments, Porter, who has no sacks and a nondescript 16 tackles in five games, seemed to lose some of his cockiness.
"He's saying all the right things I guess," Porter said. "Unlike me, I'm the type of person who says how I feel but at the same time we are looking for our first win so obviously the personal battle he turned that down. We're going to cross each other's path at some point of time during the game."
Porter was supposed to make a star-studded defense elite, but instead the fourth-ranked unit of 2006 has plummeted to 24th overall and an embarrassing 31st vs. the run.
Sure, his offseason knee surgery and playing in a different scheme have played a role in his so-so production, but one would think with Jason Taylor coming off one edge and Porter - who is one of only two players in NFL history with 60 career sacks and 10 interceptions - coming off the other that opposing quarterbacks would be trembling.
Instead, teams are taking away the pass rush by running so successfully and quarterbacks are scrambling away from the pressure and completing passes, particularly in the second half of games, when the Dolphins' aging defense seems to be wilting. Opponents have outscored the Dolphins 80-48 in the second half.
The Dolphins who had 47 sacks last season, nearly 3.0 sacks per game, have just seven in five games.
"A guy signs for $32 million you expect him to go out there and put up $32 million stats," Porter said. "I'm not mad at you for that. At the same time you got to understand football ... look at what I'm asked to do."
Porter has been playing more inside linebacker and defensive end, neither of which are his specialties.
Kellen Winslow Jr. is doing his best to not let any personal differences with Miami linebacker Joey Porter carry over to Sunday when the Browns and Dolphins meet Sunday in Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Their feud began last year when Porter played with the Steelers. Winslow knocked Porter down with a stiff-arm in the game in Cleveland. In Pittsburgh Winslow blocked Pittsburgh linebacker James Farrior well after the whistle blew. Winslow was flagged for a personal foul on the play. The hit on Farrior prompted Porter to call Winslow a slur for a homosexual. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL.
Porter was released by the Steelers March 1 and signed by the Dolphins six days later. He lit another match Wednesday as he spoke to reporters in Miami. This time he was careful not to say anything that would cost him money.
"If you ask me who is going to win the Joey Porter-Kellen Winslow battle it's me, hands down, because he's not going to stop me from doing anything I want to do," Porter said. "He's a receiver, really. He's not a tight end. He's not going to block nobody."
When he was told Porter said he could do anything he wants to Winslow, Winslow responded:
"He doesn't have to worry about me. He should be worried about the team concept. They're 0-5. He should be looking for a win, just like we are.
"I'm not worried about Joey. He isn't even their best player. (End) Jason Taylor is their best player. (Linebacker) Zach Thomas does a good job. (Safety) Donovin Darius is back. They're going to be confident going in. We have to get focused on Miami and do the things we need to do to win the game."
Winslow, 24, has controlled his temper this season. He has not drawn a personal foul penalty. He says he has grown up as a player.
Winslow is tied with Braylon Edwards for the team lead with 24 catches. He has 416 receiving yards, 69 fewer than Edwards, and two touchdowns. He has played with a partially dislocated shoulder the last three weeks.
Winslow said his shoulder is improving, but he is looking forward to the bye next week so he can rest it. Meanwhile, he has his theory on how to beat the Dolphins, and it is not very complicated. He says all the Browns have to do is not beat themselves with turnovers and penalties. The Browns rank eighth in the league offensively. Last year they finished 31st.
"You can't play bad football," Winslow said. "We play great football, and then we play bad football. We have to be more consistent offensively.
"I don't think anybody can really stop us. It's just when we turn the ball over and have mentals (errors) -- that sort of thing you can't have."
The Browns have turned the ball over 13 times. Derek Anderson has thrown eight interceptions. The Browns have fumbled nine times and lost the ball four times. Charlie Frye threw one interception in the opener and was traded to Seattle two days later.
The Browns have eight takeaways -- three interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
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